05/19/10 7:34 PM ET
Brewers have options in Hoffman's absence
By Adam McCalvy / MLB.com
Gomez, Gamel on the mend for Brewers
PITTSBURGH -- Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez began his Minor League rehabilitation assignment on Wednesday, but infield prospect Mat Gamel's will have to wait.Things have not gone Gamel's way for much of the past calendar year, and his bad luck continued on Wednesday, when he was scratched from the lineup at Class A Advanced Brevard County because of an illness. Gamel, who has been on the disabled list all season with a slightly torn muscle behind his throwing shoulder, will try again on Thursday. Gomez had better luck, going 1-for-3 with a single and a stolen base for Class A Wisconsin in the first test of his injured left shoulder. He is scheduled to start for the Timber Rattlers again on Thursday and, barring a setback, will then be activated by the Brewers ahead of Friday's Interleague Game against the Twins. "He's on track to be there," Brewers manager Ken Macha said. Gomez has not played since May 5, when he strained the rotator cuff in his left shoulder. Another rehabbing Brewer, reliever David Riske, pitched a scoreless inning for Brevard County on Wednesday in his third outing since Tommy John elbow surgery last June. Riske threw seven of his 13 pitches for strikes and sat in the 89-91-mph range, while allowing one walk with one strikeout.
PITTSBURGH -- Brewers manager Ken Macha will wait until Thursday to announce whether lefty Manny Parra will get a second start on Sunday. "I'm leaning towards yes," Macha said. The decision will come down to Parra or right-hander Marco Estrada, who debuted on Tuesday with four scoreless innings for the Brewers in relief of Parra. Macha believes that Estrada could be a valuable addition to what has been a shaky bullpen. In his first start of the season, Parra allowed one run on four hits in four innings against the Reds. ... Milwaukee's ESPN Radio affiliate will host the Pitch, Hit & Run skills competition at Helfaer Field on the Miller Park grounds on Sunday from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. CT, a free event for 7-14 year olds. All participants must bring a copy of their birth certificate and fill out a registration/waiver form prior to the start of the competition. ... Outfield prospect Caleb Gindl was placed on the temporary inactive list at Double-A Huntsville on Wednesday because of a health issue in his family. He was replaced on the active roster by outfielder Lee Haydel, who had been on the disabled list.
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.